Oregon Road Trip - Organic Curb Feelers - 2011 Toyota Sienna SE Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Toyota Sienna Long Term Road Test

2011 Toyota Sienna SE: Oregon Road Trip - Organic Curb Feelers

December 31, 2010

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There we were, driving down a winding two-lane road in our 2011 Toyota Sienna the morning after heavy overnight winds had registered a peak velocity of 69.5 mph on Dad's wind gauge. Limbs of all sizes, from myriad twigs and simple leaf litter to larger branches that required us to stop and drag them aside, made the trip down Carpenterville Road much slower and more deliberate than usual.

"Do you hear something dragging?" I asked at one point. A loud scratching noise became obvious as soon as everyone stopped talking to listen.

No specific encounter could explain the two-foot twig that was lodged in the Sienna SE's sporty lower rocker trim but, then again, there were so many pine boughs on the ground that parts of the road looked like it had a two-day growth of green stubble on it.

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It was, of course, easy work to remove the offending hunk of greenery, and we were soon back on our way, no harm done.

"Ha! That was odd. One in a million, right?" said someone.

A couple of hours later we found ourselves headed back up the same road, hungry for dinner after an afternoon of hiking.

"Shh. I think I hear something...again."

Sure enough, another stick had lodged itself in pretty much the same place with pretty much the same result.

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Make that two in a million.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,249 miles


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